Coastal ride benefits CHA


This summer one man has decided to celebrate his 77th birthday by riding his bike 400 miles from Astoria, Oregon, to Crescent City, California. Joe Blumenthal, a cardiologist and instructor at University of California, San Francisco, has been bicycling extreme distances for years, riding 1,000 miles from British Columbia to Point Reyes Station—his hometown—in 2006, 750 miles from Astoria to his home in 2007 and 2010, and 400 miles from the east coast of Vancouver Island in 2011. Each time, Dr. Blumenthal rides for a special cause, raising money for the American Heart Association, the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center and KWMR radio. This year he rides for the Coast Health Alliance, with a goal of raising over $20,000. Dr. Blumenthal will begin his journey on July 23 and expects to finish on August 11. For information about how to support his ride email or donate online at